Sunday, February 3, 2019

San Francesco d'Assisi a Ripa Grande

where: Piazza di San Francesco d'Assisi, Trastevere
open: 7:00-13:00 & 15:00-19:30
getting there: tram stop Mastai on Viale di Trastevere, left onto Via di San Francesco a Ripa
information: the cell of Saint Francis has been preserved and can be visited during the opening hours of the church

The church of San Francesco a Ripa was built in the 13th century and dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi. It was one of the first Franciscan churches in Rome, built soon after the saint's death. (The convent adjacent to the church was where Saint Francis stayed during his time visiting Rome.)

In the 17th century the church was redesigned and decorated in the rich Baroque style that can be seen today. 

The church is often visited to see one Bernini's last masterpieces – the funerary statue of the Blessed Ludovica Albertoni. The white marble figure in the Paluzzi-Albertoni chapel was carved in 1675 and shows the saint reclining in ecstasy.
Above Bernini's statue surrounded by a golden frame, is the altarpiece of St Anne, the Virgin and Child by one of my favourite artists,  il Baccicio.

In the Chapel of Saint Peter of Alcantara is the altarpiece of Saints Peter of Alcantara and Paschal Baylon by Giuseppe Chiari.

Situated in the third chapel on the left is a copy of Guido Reni's Saint Michael. (The original hangs in situ in Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini.) The painting was recreated by Carlo Cignani and replaced the altarpiece of the Pietà by Annibale Carracci – the original was stolen and taken to France during Napoleon's occupation of Rome and is now in the Louvre in Paris.

Artists in San Francesco a Ripa
Giuseppe Chiari
Stefano Legnani
Giuseppe Passeri
Emanuele da Como
Carlo Cignani
Martin da Vos
Simon Vouet
Domenico Muratori

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These are a few of my favourite books about Rome

The Cardinal's Hat by Mary Hollingsworth
This book tells the story of one of the sons of Lucrezia Borgia who became a cardinal during the 16th century.

The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev
I love this book telling the story of Caterina Sforza who was fighting against the Borgia pope to retain the rights of her land and her freedom.

The Popes by John Julius Norwich
A detailed but easy and enjoyable book to read about the history of the papacy and the popes.

The Pope's Daughter by Caroline P Murphy
This book describes in beautiful detail, the life and times of Pope Julius II daughter, Felice della Rovere.

The Families Who Made Rome by Anthony Majanlahti
I love this Book! It explains the families who made Rome what it is as we see it today and also looks at their triumphs, scandals and failures.

Rome by Robert Hughes
This book explains Rome from its beginning and expands on the Renaissance and Baroque until present times.

The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
Another of my favourite reads about a lost Caravaggio painting and the search for its provenance.

other sites I trust for information on Rome are:
Rome Art Lover
Churches of Rome wiki